Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Gwynedd
Location of affected unit(s)
Cwt y Bugail in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Penrhyn and Gloddfa Ganol
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Other Mining And Quarrying
08 - Other mining and quarrying

175 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 March 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


A meeting between unions and company managers to discuss the future of around 175 jobs at three Gwynedd slate quarries, has been postponed. Last month, Alfred McAlpine Slate announced plans to cut the posts. The firm was expected to announce on 16 April that volunteers had come forward to accept 70 redundancies as Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda is scaled down. Workers are still facing 105 compulsory redundancies at the other two quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Blaenau's Cwt y Bugail quarry is set to be closed down, while the workforce at the Gloddfa Ganol site is being cut back. The meeting scheduled for 16 April was due to be held under the statutory 90-day rule obliging management and unions to hold discussions. The meeting is now expected to be held on 18 April.


  • 14 March 2007: BBC Website
  • 16 April 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2007), Alfred McAlpine Plc, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65091, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65091.